White House Reportedly Backtracks, Will Not Seek Revocation of Jim Acosta’s Credential

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The White House has issued a new letter to CNN's Jim Acosta, saying his press pass could be revoked again at the end of the month.

A Federal judge had already given Acosta a favorable ruling in the case - granting him a temporary restraining order and decreeing that his credentials be returned for 14 days.

Per White House letter to Acosta on November 19, here are the new rules for press conferences at the White House. CNN argued that it violated the network and Acosta's First and Fifth Amendment rights. In the Friday ruling, Washington, D.C., District Court Judge Timothy Kelly restored Acosta's credentials temporarily while a CNN lawsuit against the administration proceeded. Due process would give Acosta and CNN the chance to rebut and challenge the appropriateness of the government's action.

With the tone of a not-angry-just-disappointed parent, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has issued a series of rules she says will outline acceptable reporter conduct.

The White House's letter made clear his credentials could be threatened again.

"Defendants did not respond to this offer to cooperate", CNN's lawyers said.

The letter cites "behavior" at a press conference the day after the midterms that "violated the basic standards governing such events" as the reason to suspend Acosta's pass.

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Trump has called for more "decorum" at the White House and has said staff is "writing up rules and regulations" for reporters.

So CNN and Acosta are seeking a hearing on a preliminary injunction "for the week of November 26, 2018, or as soon thereafter as possible", according to Monday's filing.

The White House suspended his credentials later that day, with Ms Sanders accusing Acosta of putting his hands on the intern who was trying to take the microphone from him.

The White House press office on Monday released new "rules" that they claim will allow the suspension of press credentials if a reporter refuses to yield the floor after asking only one question.

"The fact that he was appointed by Trump, I'm sure, is part of him trying to be cautious here so it looks like the judiciary is fair", Gainor states.

Trump - as well as other senior administration officials - have railed against CNN, telling voters the news outlet is an adversary that pushes "fake news".

"President Trump will NOT put up with the media's liberal bias and utter disrespect for this Administration and the hardworking Americans who stand with us", Trump's campaign wrote in a fundraising email Wednesday.

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